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New Mexico, the land of paranormal conspiracy, provides the perfect backdrop for the latest novel from Edgar-finalist Robert Arellano. Having tackled surrealist Dickinsonian parody in Fast Eddie, a retelling of Don Quixote in Don Dimaio of La Plata, and Cuban-noir in Havana Lunar, Arellano moves into territory previously settled by the early films of Alfred Hitchcock and The Twilight Zone. Call it paranormal noir, but don’t go thinking that means aliens are around the corner. Curse the Names is much more concerned with the psychological devastation wreaked upon its protagonist than some hokey other-worldly beings.